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  • Mere mortals can now apply for a verified Twitter account

    Twitter has announced that anyone can now apply to have their Twitter account verified. Prior to this, users had to be famous and wield influence in specific fields to have this honour bestowed on them. There was also no way to apply for verification. While users can now apply, Twitter does not guarantee approval. The account, according to the company, will only be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. To request an account to be verified, users need to fill out a form and provide a verified phone number, confirmed email address, bio, profile photo, header photo,...

  • #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes takes Twitter by hilarious, misquoted storm

    The unfortunate truth for celebrities or the US presidency's presumptive nominees' wives is that practically any instance of folly will be outlined, dissected and laughed at excessively on the internet. The latest case of this -- after the Kanye vs. Taylor fight earlier this week -- is none other than Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump. At Monday's Republican National Convention, Melania Trump made a speech that, rather ironically, used an almost identical portion of Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention address from 2008. Whoops. Trump released a statement on Twitter suggesting that her "team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations". Statement...

  • Twitter remembers Gugu Zulu as an inspiration, South African role model

    South African racing driver, Gugu Zulu, died early Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimajaro, the continent's tallest peak. Zulu, who was taking part in the Trek4Mandela charity challenge (which aimed to raise money for girls in Africa) with his wife and around 40 others, reportedly "experienced problems breathing" while on the mountain. More details: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip News of his death broke on major South African news channels around 10am SAST. Twitter has since been inundated with words of comfort for Zulu's family and messages of disbelief. His last tweet is also rather chilling. Acclimatization day3 -...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey coup, Taylor Swift vs Kanye West & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (15 July – 17 July 2016). After a failed military takeoever in Turkey that began late Friday led to an estimated 265 deaths, 1440 injured, around 2800 arrested military members and 2745 detained judges and prosecutors, the country swiftly moved to throttle internet traffic to social media networks. We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked...

  • Nice Attack: world politicians use Twitter to condemn Bastille Day attack

    In the late hours of 14 July 2016, during France's Bastille Day celebrations, a gunman drove a truck through a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people. It's France's second major terror attack in less than a year, after last November's attacks in Paris. According to reports, the driver of the truck ploughed through the crowd for at least two kilometres before police shot the attacker dead. After the incident, #PrayForNice and #NiceAttack became Twitter's top trends worldwide, with #NousSommesUnis ("we are united") taking off in France in the past hour. But while Twitter users across the...

  • More than a fad: the numbers behind Snapchat’s remarkable growth

    Snapchat is a social media monster. From its relatively humble beginnings in 2012, to its current almost-super massive status among millennials, the app is fast becoming a must-have for both casual consumers and determined marketing minds. But what can be said of Snapchat that hasn't been said already? Well, quite a lot actually, according to new numbers released by analytics company Go Fish Digital. Initially spotted by Inverse, the report sheds some light on Snapchat's rip-roaring journey past Twitter and its contemporaries to become one of the most important apps on a smartphone today. Snapchat is pretty damn big According to the numbers,...

  • Twitter expands GIF size limit to 15MB for web users

    Today Twitter has announced that it's increasing the size of GIFs users can embed in tweets. Previously the size was 5MB, but Twitter's expanding it to three times that. The 15MB-sized GIFs are not available on the Twitter app for now and Twitter has not mentioned when this addition will happen. This should at least alleviate some concern for users with limited mobile data plans. In 2015, the company claimed that over 100-million GIFs are shared on the platform. The new change appears to be in line with those numbers. Read more: Twitter introduces GIF search and video support in DMs Earlier this...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Ronaldo moth, Serena Williams, South Sudan & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today's world, and that's especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might've missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (8 July - 10 July 2016) Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown and 22nd Grand Slam trophy Saturday, putting her level with German great Steffi Graf. Williams beat German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final in London. Scotland's Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men's singles crown Sunday too, beating Canadian Milos Raonic in...

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account briefly hijacked by OurMine

    The latest high-profile CEO to wake up to a social media account breach is none other than Twitter head Jack Dorsey. The world's first tweeter and founder of Square rather ironically this weekend found his Twitter account hijacked by Robin Hood security collective OurMine. While the collective didn't post anything incriminating or embarrassing, OurMine was sure to use Dorsey's account to advertise its own security business, a trend that we've seen from the group's previous attacks. This year, the collective has targeted Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Other celebrities including musician Deadmau5 and actor Channing Tatum, have also...

  • Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & Dallas shootings: celebrities weigh-in on America’s violent week

    It has been a destructive, divisive week for America. In less than 72-hours, three incidents of gun violence -- two by police officers and one against -- have erupted across America's Midwest, Deep South and Lone Star state respectively. In the first incident on 5 July, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling succumbed to gunshot wounds after two police officers opened fire on him at point-blank range. Videos soon emerged of the incident on social media, and has since become one of the biggest news stories of the week. Less than 36-hours later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota,...

  • Twitter pays tribute to Iceland’s football heroics after loss to France

    Calling Iceland's starlit run through this year's Euro 2016 a "miracle" wouldn't be farfetched at all. Ranked 34th in the World FIFA Rankings, the country had no right (at least on paper) to beat the likes of England and Austria, while drawing stubbornly against Portugal. Still, by playing entertaining football, the team clawed its way into the quarter finals, where it finally met its match in hosts France. Beaten 5-2 in an open an fluid game, many were sad that Wales vs. Iceland wasn't the final we were getting. But instead of crying, Iceland's fans took to Twitter to pay homage to...

  • Snapchat-inspired Stickers coming to Twitter photos

    Between longer videos, Twitter Engage and targeted advertising for emojis, Twitter has been very busy over the past few weeks. Now, the company has unveiled another new feature in the form of Stickers. Twitter's implementation of Stickers lets you simply place one of hundreds of stickers onto your photo, being a "fun new way to add creativity" to your pictures, the service said. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun. Use them to share what you’re doing or...

  • Smile Vector bot adds creepy grins, frowns to Twitter celebs

    Neural networks to manipulate photos are all the rage these days, such as Google's Deep Dream initiative. While Google's effort creates trippy art out of your images, the latest neural network-enabled project is rather silly. Twitter bot Smile Vector was created to merely add or remove smiles to photos, using a neural network for help. Created by lecturer Tom White, the bot uses a "generative neural net" to smartly edit photos it finds in the wild, posting the end-result in the form of a video. The results have been refined over time as the neural network receives more data, but it's still rather creepy. Some celebs given digital plastic surgery...

  • #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story of Britain’s crucial ‘leave’ vote

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the early hours of Friday morning it became increasingly clear those those wishing to leave (in favour of #Brexit) outnumbered those wanting to remain, albeit by a margin which appears to show a nation (or, more correctly, an assemblage of nations) at odds with itself. According to The Guardian, the "Leave" campaign received 17 410 742 (or 52%) of the vote, while the "Remain" camp received 16 141 241 (or 48%) of the vote. The winning camp's victory appears largely to have come on the back of older voters and those...

  • Weekly Round Up #68: Instagram’s milestone, Tencent buys Supercell & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week Stuart Thomas talks to Graham, Hadlee and Andy. The team discusses Instagram's milestone of reaching 500-million monthly users, Twitter's new Engage app designed to keep celebrities away from the plebs. The new OnePlus 3 smartphone also gets a mention, while the heartbreak that was this year's Le Mans 24 Hours is also briefly revisited. But the biggest news of the week (prior to #Brexit): Tencent's acquisition of the majority stake in Supercell -- the Clash of Clans game developer. What are we...